Category: Strategy

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Various thoughts regarding battling and battles

Greetings, people of Tamriel! I am Empire Oathman, a 4 Magicka source of power and health for the strong-willed and agile. This Hearthfire I wanted to try and seize the first Legend rank, commonly known as #1. Commanders who have maintained this position when the season ends are known as the best of the best, the most terrifying opponents you...

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Play Around Prophecies #2: Prophecies by Attribute – Know Your Opponent

This second article in our Playing Around Prophecies series for new Legends players will look at the prophecies by attribute. Knowing the prophecies your opponent might be running allows you to make better sequencing decisions for your plays and attacks. This can increase your win rate and success in Legends. In the first article of the series, we looked at...

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Arena Tier List

Last updated on 9/21/19 – Please refer to the new and updated Jaws of Oblivion Arena Tier List. Improve Your Picks in Solo and Versus Arena This arena tier list can be a great tool to assist you with arena drafting and learning the overall power level of a card in this game mode. It was last updated on September...

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An Attempt to Find Alfiq Conjurer Counter-Play in TESL

Alfiq Conjurer undoubtedly is the most powerful card in the Moons of Elsweyr expansion. Midrange decks are back on the ladder. Midrange battlemage is at tier 1 and variations of that deck in tri-color dominate the meta. What can yellow-based decks in crusader, monk, spellsword or Empire do to compete? Before we attempt to find counter-play options, let’s briefly look...

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Play Around Prophecies and Runes #1 – The Basics

How do I play around prophecies? You’ve asked yourself that question when facing a Prophecy Battlemage deck. Maybe you’ve asked it when you lost a race in an aggro mirror match up. You’ve asked it when you couldn’t play around that last rune break which triggered a Piercing Javelin and made you lose. The prophecy mechanic is conceptually at the...

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Help: I Think I am Becoming a Timmy! Moon Monk.

Well met, marshfriend, and welcome to Help: I Think I am Becoming a Timmy!, the bimonthly column where we take a look at whatever roleplay deck, meme deck, or combo deck is flavor of the month. I’m MerryWallofStorms, but you can just call me Merry. Last month brought with it the third out of five expansions for 2019 for the...

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Budget Token Empire

Sav0s_Aren has brought us another powerful budget deck: Budget Token Empire. This token deck includes the latest great common and rare cards from Moons of Elsweyr. A budget deck costs under 10,000 soul gems when crafted and runs only must-have cards, not niche ones. These must-have cards, like Divine Fervor, are useful for a number of decks and add so...

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The Consume Mechanic and the Imbued in The Elder Scrolls Legends

Moons of Elsweyr introduces the consume mechanic to The Elder Scrolls Legends. With consume, you can remove a card in your discard pile from the game to gain advantages provided by your necromancers. Triggering the Consume Mechanic For this to work, you will simply need at least one creature in your discard pile when you play the necromancer. This can...

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Token Empire – BWG Weekly Deck

Time for another weekly deck by the Blood Warriors Guild: Token Empire. This deck was created by Kodlak9270 and took victory among many superb Empire formations. With Slay-Ramp Ebonheart, Abomination Empire and Burn Assassin dominating the meta, this deck will allow you to bring Glory to the Empire by employing a classic token strategy. A fair battle with valiant, honorable...

Market Archer Swindlers Market
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Burn Assassin Counter-Play

The Alliance War expansion made an older deck archetype very consistent: Market Assassin (often also referred to as Burn Assassin) and Market Archer. In particular, the rise in consistency and popularity of the deck can be attributed to Spoils of War, Forked Bolt and to Debilitate (to some degree). The idea of these decks is straightforward: get one or more...

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Budget Token Guildsworn

Sav0s_Aren is brewing on some additional budget decks. A first option leveraging the latest Alliance War cards is Budget Token Guildsworn. This token deck leverages classic elements from Mage and Crusader tokens and blends them into a powerful Guildsworn deck. Without further ado, let’s look at the decklist first. You will need to complete the Dark Brotherhood story expansion and...

Murkwater Scourge
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Goblin Monk – BWG Weekly Deck

Green Goblin Monk was the winner in the Blood Warriors Guild weekly decklist competition in early April. The objective was to build a deck around Murkwater Scourge (the Monthly Reward card from March 2019) and JGlass won the competition with his Goblin Monk deck. My sincerest apologies for being so very much delayed on the write-up for this pre-Alliance War...

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How to Counter-Play Falkreath Defiler

How do you counter-play Falkreath Defiler? The Imperial is a key card of control decks like Ramp/ Rage-Warrior and Ramp/Rage-Ebonheart. The Ramp/Rage decks currently see a tremendous amount of play on the ladder across all ranks due to their amazing late game. While Falkreath Defiler is not the deck’s sole win condition, the Imperial plays a pivotal role in fetching...

Veteran effect - Mournhold Taskmaster Card Art
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The Veteran Effect in The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Alliance War expansion introduces the veteran effect to The Elder Scrolls: Legends. The veteran effect of a creature triggers after it survives its first attack. The mechanic is designed to promote a proactive game plan. It aims to use creatures to fight for the board or to go face, alternatively. The mechanic supports beat down strategies within aggressive or...

Piercing Javelin - Prophecy
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The Prophecy Mechanic

The prophecy mechanic is one that allows some cards to be played for free during the opponent’s turn; similar to Instant/Flash spells in Magic: the Gathering, but still different in their own way.

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The Expertise Mechanic in The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Alliance War expansion introduces the Expertise mechanic to The Elder Scrolls Legends. Expertise is a mechanic associated with The Guildsworn (attributes Strength, Intelligence, Willpower – Red/ Blue/ Yellow), a faction that combines the Mage Guild and the Fighters Guild. They are independent of all other Alliance War factions, although the other factions and Houses can actively involve the expertise...

Mobilize keyword
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The Mobilize Keyword

The Alliance War expansion introduces the Mobilize keyword to The Elder Scrolls Legends through several item cards. Mobilize is associated with the Daggerfall Covenant (attributes Strength, Intelligence, Endurance (= red, blue, purple), a faction that loves to defeat their foes with powerful enchanted weapons, engages in legendary armor and is home to some of the most skilled blacksmiths in all...

Hatchery Meddler Card Art by Vu Nguyen
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Catchery Assassin – BWG Weekly Deck

Time for another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly deck: Catchery Assassin. This week, we looked at Assassin, which combines the elemental foundations of Mundus in Intelligence with the subtlety, precision and speed of Agility. Just going through the submissions showcases that Assassin seems to be one of the favorite classes of guild members. As always the competition only has one winning...

Empower Mechanic
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The Empower Mechanic in The Elder Scrolls Legends

The Empower mechanic is introduced with the Alliance War expansion. Empower is the mechanic predominantly used by the Aldmeri Dominion (Intelligence, Willpower and Agility – blue, yellow, green). Next to the Dominion, Empower will also be accessible for Assassin, Mage and Monk decks. Here is the definition of Empower: When your opponent takes damage, actions with Empower increase in effect...

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Midrange Redoran – BWG Weekly Deck

Another week, another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Deck: this time we looked at House Redoran. Submissions included Doomcrag Redoran variants, Redoran Control, Tullius’ Vampires and Redoran Necromancer decks, to name a few. An interesting, wide-spread range of ideas, but there can only be one winner. And this week it was the Midrange Redoran build created by was Savos_Aren who goes...

Training Grounds
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Dark Elf Tribunal: The Dark Elf Rises – BWG Weekly Deck

Dark Elf Tribunal-time: here is the next Blood Warriors Guild weekly deck! The Guild is holding a weekly, fun contest where members of all levels of experience can submit their decks against a guild-selected theme. This week, the challenge was to build a deck with the latest Monthly Reward Card Training Grounds. The Guild members take a few days to...

Doomcrag
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The Elder Scrolls: Legends - A Deeper Analysis of Doomcrag Warrior

Doomcrag Warrior is one of the most feared tournament decks in TESL. Despite the deck’s high skill demand, many players try their luck at it. Doomcrag Warrior decks started out as a basic idea, but a group of two or three people fleshed this idea out. Doomcrag Warrior is a combo deck that requires immense skill and game knowledge to...

Doomcrag
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Doomcrag Warrior – BWG Weekly Deck

The Blood Warriors Guild weekly deck building competition (finally) took a shot at the Warrior class. Each week Guild Member votes on a class or house and members get creative and submit their decks. The submissions were very difficult to choose from, as Warrior is a very popular class. One winning deck emerged: and it’s Doomcrag Warrior, in a built...

Thadon, Duke of Mania
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Mania Crusader – BWG Weekly Deck

It is time for another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Deck. The guild’s challenge this week was to build a cool Isle of Madness Crusader deck. Many, many great submissions and one winning deck emerged: Midstorm’s Mania Crusader that is leveraging Thadon, the Duke of Mania. This deck is a mid-crusader with aggressive elements, spot removal, and self-healing through Drain. Deck...

Renegade Magister
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Renegade SOS OTK Mage – BWG Weekly Deck

Welcome to another Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Decklist. It has been a little while since the holidays and the release of Isle of Madness, but we are back with a fun combo deck. This past week, guild members had to build a deck around Renegade Magister, the Monthly Reward Card for January 2019. There were a lot of great submissions...

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Four Flavors of Monk

If you’ve shared a virtual room with me at any point in the last 2 months, you know that I am a fanatic about Monk. Classes in general have seen a bit of a decline lately with “good stuff” Tricolor decks dominating the ladder, and of the few classes that still see play, Monk is one of the least popular....

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Double Cards in The Elder Scrolls Legends

Double Cards are debuting as a new mechanic in Legends in the story expansion Isle of Madness. Bethesda has explained these in an FAQ on Reddit with further clarifications in a longer thread. To save you some detective work, this article attempts to explain the mechanic on a basic level with a few examples. Disclaimer: since Double Cards have not...

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Discard Pile Creature Tutors – An In-Depth Look

Your opponent has just removed a creature that was pretty valuable for your game plan? Whether it’s an important combo piece being hit by their Territorial Viper, or whether it’s your Apex Wolf, Torval Extortionist, Therana, or Odahviing: you really need them back pretty badly? There is hope for you, because Discard Pile Creature Tutors can do exactly this trick...

Lane choice in TESL
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Strategic Lane Choice in The Elder Scrolls: Legends

Mastering Lane Choice is key to winning in The Elder Scrolls Legends. Lanes are a feature unique to a couple games, including TESL. Standard lane placement is a field lane and a shadow lane. There have been numerous arena events which introduced other lane effects, but I’m just going to talk about standard lane placement, and strategies. In the field...

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Blood Warriors Guild – Weekly Deck – Orca’s Factotum Archer

Happy Monday everybody! This week’s featured deck list is a Factotum/Conscription Archer list from orcagaming! This list combines the movement tricks and lethal pings of Archer with the snowballing juggernaut of the Factotum package and wraps it up nicely in a neutral draw and end game package featuring Namira’s Shrine, Journey to Sovngarde and Tullius’ Conscription. Here is a link...

Creature Tutors
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Creature Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

In The Elder Scrolls Legends, Creature Tutors are a flexible tool to draw a specific or a random creature at exactly the time you need. Creature Tutors increase the probability of drawing a particular creature from your deck. This increases the consistency of that card being drawn. For almost every combo deck, Creature Tutors are a great way to increase...

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Aggro, Midrange, Control – The Ways and Means of Archetypal Match-ups

As a new player, you will have heard something about Aggro, Midrange, Control and Combo decks as being the different deck archetypes. In the Blood Warriors Guild, we are running a coaching section for new and experienced players. Recently, we discussed a few questions on the different match-ups: What are good match-ups against each archetype? Like what beats aggro, what...

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Mid-range Tribunal – BWG Weekly Deck

Hail and Well Met to all you lovely Humans, Elves, and Beastfolk (and to those who are somewhere in-between)! Without further ado, this list was created by Savos_Aren (a recurring name) when the guild voted on Tribunal for the next list. Savos_Aren is an amazing aggro player with an intense, burning passion for Control Tribunal and this was his take...

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Dwemer Harmony – Blood Warriors Guild Weekly Decklist

Hail friends! Welcome back to the Blood Warriors Guild’s Weekly Decklist. This week we have a rather spicy Mage deck from Holoir themed around Dwemer and featuring the new monthly reward card, Altmer Dragonknight. Hope you enjoy! You can find the link to the list on Legends-Decks here! Deck Overview: For the most part, this deck is going to handle...

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Statistical Significance in Playtesting

The Problem Why care about Statistical Significance in Playtesting? Maybe you are wondering if your deck is a good one? Maybe you want to know if it beats another (type of) deck consistently? Do you want to improve your Deckbuilding Process? For example, can your deck consistently beat a specific Telvanni Conscription deck your friend is always playing? I found...

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Support Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

The Elder Scrolls Legends has some very powerful support cards in each attribute. Whether it’s World Eater’s Eyrie, Wrothgar Forge, Mages Guild Retreat, Divine Fervor, Mechanical Heart, Swindler’s Market, Thieves’ Den, Ring of Namira, High Hrothgar, Mushroom Tower, Haunted Manor, The Night Mother or Altar of Despair. You will certainly have a few decks in your current deck lists, where...

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Action Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

Action Tutors are a great vehicle to enhance action-based decks in The Elder Scrolls Legends. You can win more consistently and potentially save some precious slots in your deck. Due to the release of Altmer Dragonknight and Destruction Tutor, action-based decks are currently undergoing a bit of a renaissance. This article provides a in-depth look at all the action tutors...

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Combo, Wombo – BAM #5: Namira’s OTK Monk

Hail Legends and welcome to a new article in the Combo, Wombo – BAM section! This article will be concerned with a Combo deck that focuses on another OTK win condition using the Ring of Namira. Previously, Blooddrunk007 from the Blood Warriors Guild posted an article for the Scout class involving the use of Namira’s Ring in conjunction with the Spider...

Blood Warriors Guild
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Sorcerer Beatdown Deck: Merlin, the Moose – Blood Warriors Guild Weekly

Hail and Well Met! The Blood Warriors Guild is back with another Weekly Deck for The Elder Scrolls Legends. This time we are proud to introduce you to Merlin, Moose Sorcerer, a classic mid-range beatdown deck. The guild members voted to design a Sorcerer deck with at least one card from the new FrostSpark Collection. By a clear margin, GicaForta won the competition...

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Item Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – An In-Depth Look

Your item-centered decks in The Elder Scrolls Legends can win more consistently with Item Tutors. While many of your successful decks already rely on items, probably only some of them run item tutors to draw the item from deck. So can item tutors help to improve this? Item Tutors at their Best A good example of a deck that tutors...

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Deckbuilding Reference Sheet: Tutors

How can you get value from tutors in deckbuilding? With the new cards from The Elder Scrolls Legends FrostSpark Collection, you are now looking to build a completely new deck? You have play-tested your new baby a little bit, but your opponent always gets card advantage or runs under your curve and beats you down? Maybe add more Guards or more...

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Tutors in The Elder Scrolls Legends – The Basics

If you are new to CCGs and The Elder Scrolls Legends, you will probably ask – “What is a Tutor, anyway?”. You probably have been using them already in some of your games. If you would like to go a little bit deeper into this concept and strengthen your TESL deck building skills and improve your win rates, this article...

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A Look Into the Deckbuilding Process

If you are anything like me, then building new decks is one of the most exciting and alluring aspects of collectible card games. There’s nothing quite like coming up with a unique concept that is all your own, constructing it from the ground up and then finding success with it in competitive matches. It’s one thing to play skillfully with...

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Trick or Treat – Halloween Deck – Blood Warriors Guild

Hail and Well Met! This week, the Blood Warriors Guild is bringing you a theme – deck in time for Halloween! The guild ran another fun competition with Skeleton, Vampire and Mummy decks. In the voting, there was one clear winner: Chesthams Trick or Treat Unite the Houses Hlaalu deck is a lot of fun to play and also thematic...

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A Life of Crime Scout – Weekly Deck – Blood Warriors Guild

Hail and Well Met! The Blood Warriors Guild is back with another installment of the weekly deck! This week the Guild-vote landed on Scout, the most beautiful looking color-combo but that’s besides the point. After careful deck-building and a majority consensus we decided on a Slay and Pilfer list that provides consistent threats throughout all stages of the game. Here...